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Your Guide to Good Dental Health

Young girl having teeth brushed.

Good dental health means more than a bright smile and white teeth. Proper care of your mouth, te eth and gums will help prevent cavities, gum disease and other health problems.

What is dental health?

Dental health is concerned with your mouth, teeth and gums. You and your dental professionals work as a team to keep your oral health the best it can be.

Why dental health is important

An attractive smile is only one reason for maintaining good dental health. It also means a higher quality of life and fewer related medical problems.

Dental health and preventive care

Practice these simple steps to a healthy mouth, teeth and gums. It's never too late to begin healthy habits.

Dental health can affect other parts of your body

Good dental health may help prevent or reduce the consequences of other diseases and conditions.

Dental health for children

You can't start too early with good dental health habits for your child. Begin dental care shortly after birth.

Dental health for teens

Good dental health practices may be a struggle for teens. Poor food choices complicate good dental health.

Dental health for adults

Good dental health habits help protect against tooth loss and gum disease.

Dental health for seniors

It is never too late to start good dental health practices.

Dental health and cavities

Cavities are the result of bacteria attacking your teeth, but there is a good defense with good oral health habits.

Dental health and gum disease

Gum disease is easily treated if caught early and treated promptly, but may cause other health problems if untreated.

Dental health and bad breath

Proper dental health practices can cure or reduce bad breath.

Dental braces can shape up your mouth

Dental braces are not just for teens - they are popular with adults too.

Dental exams and what to expect

Dental exams: there's no need to be nervous. Here's what to expect when you go.